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Board Elects Officers for 2010-2011

December 16, 2010

Nicholas Talvacchia Esq. of Margate was re-elected chairperson, David Evans of Galloway was named vice chairperson, and Maria Torres of Mays Landing became treasurer, when Atlantic Cape Community College’s Board of Trustees reorganized Dec. 14.

Talvacchia is an attorney with Cooper Levenson, Evans is a Galloway Public Schools educator and Torres is a retired guidance counselor who chairs New Jersey’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. BettyAnn Inloes Hines of Laureldale was reappointed board secretary.  Their terms run until November 2011.

Talvacchia thanked the board for re-electing him. He said he has served on the board for more than 10 years and is “extremely proud of this institution.”  The chairperson said he looked forward “to working with Dr. Mora to move (the college’s) agenda forward.”

Trustee Terrence Crowley chaired the nominating committee.

Trustees Adopt Anti-Bullying Policy

To ensure that Atlantic Cape provides a safe environment for all students, the board adopted a policy that prohibits bullying and harassment on college campuses and off-campus college-sponsored events.  Students who violate the policy will be violation of the Student Code of Conduct or the Threatening and Violent Behavior policy, which may result in disciplinary action.

In Personnel Action, the Board:

--Appointed Oscar Halldorson of Port Republic, air traffic control instructor, effective Jan. 18, 2011.

--Delayed action on the dean of human resources and compliance position.

--Accepted the retirement of Ralph Marone of Hammonton, housekeeper I, effective Dec. 31. Ralph, who has served the college providing custodial services for more than 29 years, was recognized for his positive attitude and as a senior custodian “who can work in any building and get the job done.” He has often been complimented for having a “good attitude.”

Contracts and Purchases:

--Internet services, consortium purchase, New Jersey Institute of Technology/NJEDge.Net, $77,620.

--Training, technical support and consulting services, Blackboard, Inc., of Washington, D.C., $225,893.  The board also approved a $28,000 contract with Blackboard to provide additional bandwidth and storage.

In Other Action, the Board:

--Approved minor changes to the solar site lease agreement and the power purchase agreement with Solar Power Partners, Inc, and Pepco Energy Services, Inc.  The college approved the deal last January.

--Accepted the November monthly financial report.

--Chairperson Talvacchia recognized the service of Chris Seher, who must step down from the board due to his election to a local city council. 

In the President’s Report:

--Dr. Mora reported on the Dec. 6 N.J. Council of County Colleges Trustee Retreat. Panel discussions focused on the Big Ideas Initiative and challenges facing New Jersey community colleges. Trustees Maria Torres and Helen Walsh explained the primary focus of the Big Ideas Initiative – student success.

--Grant Wilinski, associate dean, academic support services, spoke about the Atlantic County Digital History Project under which historical material, including a rare book about Amitol, site of a WWI munitions factory, is being identified and digitally preserved.  The materials support the History of South Jersey course offered at the college and will be shared through the library’s digital archive.  A matching grant from the Atlantic County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs supports the project. 

--Kathy Corbalis, executive director, college relations, reported on the 10 public relations, marketing and fundraising awards the college received this fall from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association., Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.  She credited the college relations staff, the ACA, and the Restaurant Gala committee for their hard work on the winning projects.

--Corbalis gave an overview of major media coverage received by the college in the last three weeks.

--Sean Fischer, executive assistant to the president/director, board services, reviewed the Board Development & Activity Calendar for the next several months.


The next meeting of the board of trustees will be held at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Cape May County Campus. All are welcome to attend.